Author: Ron Thomas
They Cleared The Lane

Earl Lloyd

Ever wonder who was the first
black NBA player? Probably not,
because until They Cleared the Lane
was written, you could not have
known that NBA owners secretly
banned black athletes for four
years until Earl Lloyd debuted
on Halloween Night, 1950.

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Read the fascinating stories of Lloyd, the first black NBA draft pick Chuck Cooper, early superstars like Maurice Stokes, Wilt Chamberlain and Elgin Baylor, and great players such as Cleo Hill kept out of the NBA by a racial quota.

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